Aruna Rao

Department: Speakers
Experience: Strategy Technology Advisor, Kotak Mahindra Bank


With over 30 years’ experience in leading, mentoring and growing in the IT industry, Ms Rao is now Advisor for Technology Strategy to Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd. In this role, she assists the bank in identifying and implementing potential game changing technologies. Currently, she is engaged in designing use cases for leveraging AI/ML, implementing Big Data solutions, leveraging cloud infrastructure and in providing direction on cybersecurity related technology. Ms. Rao was Chief Technology Officer for Kotak Mahindra Bank and group companies for over a decade. In this role she provided oversight on strategic technology initiatives across group companies and built technology innovation and collaboration across teams. Before Kotak, Ms. Rao worked with Citicorp Software (COSL), where she was responsible for implementation of systems globally. She joined Polaris as part of the merger of COSL/Orbitech with Polaris. During her 20-year career in Citicorp Software/Polaris, she was Group Head of Corporate Banking Technology. Ms Rao has served as Director on the Board of a Global Technology Products organisation. She also extends her experience to a new generation of technology professionals by mentoring, chairing sessions in the Mumbai Chapter of Computer Society of India, and serving as a jury member for several initiatives that encourage excellence in the field of technology. Ms. Rao holds a BSc degree from St. Xavier’s College, Ahmedabad, an MBA degree and a Master’s degree in Information Systems from the University of Maryland, USA.

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Strategy Technology Advisor, Kotak Mahindra Bank